PRESQUE ISLE--- The Foxcroft Ponies and Presque Isle Wildcats split a class B baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats won game one 3-2 behind a dominant pitching performance from Saul Nunez. He pitched a complete game three hitter, striking out 14, while allowing only two unearned runs.
Presque Isle took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Tyler Seeley led off with a walk and came around to score.
The Ponies got both runs off Nunez in the top of the fourth inning. Talon Strout and Brandon Brock each had a run scoring hit for Foxcroft.
Nunez helped himself when he led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double. Seeley followed with a single. Andrew Patterson hit a sacrifice fly that scored Nunez. Aaron Kofsad drilled a single that scored Seeley.
That one run lead was enough for Nunez. He retired the final nine batters he faced, Nunez struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning.
"He (Nunez) threw the ball exceptionally well and really made things tough on our hitters,"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "We did well to scratch out two runs off him and make a game of it."
Presque Isle took a 2-0 lead in game two when Patterson hit a double that scored two runs during the bottom of the third inning.
The Ponies were not able to get a runner past second base during the first four innings. The fifth inning was a different story.
Nick Decker led off the inning with a single, Tanner Strout got hit by a pitch, Chandler Rockwell put down a bunt that moved the runners over. Rockwell also reached on a Wildcats error. Abe Simpson hit a single that scored one run. Nate Church had the big blast when he hit a triple that cleared the bases.
"We really needed to make something happen there, and a bunch of guys contributed in the inning,"Chevalier said. "We got on base in a lot of different ways, but Nate's bases-clearing triple was definitely the difference-maker. He is really coming into his own as an offensive player."
Nick Decker pitched the complete game to earn the victory for the Ponies in game two. Decker allowed three earned runs on three walks and seven hits. Decker struck out seven. Simpson allowed only two earned runs in a complete game effort in game one.
Foxcroft (6-5) has four games in a five day span scheduled in the coming week, that includes a doubleheader on Thursday against PCHS. The Ponies were playing without three starters this week.
"With some guys missing and a bunch of games in a short time period, we really needed Abe and Nick to step up and go as deep into the game as possible,"Chevalier said. "They both delivered excellent outings and gave us a great chance to win each game."
Foxcroft currently sits 10th in the class B MPA heal point standings. The top 13 will earn a tournament spot in class B.
"I feel good about where we are at this point in the season. We've had our share of ups and downs so far, but our players have shown a lot of character and have battled game in and game out,"Chevalier said. "We've used a lot of guys to get through the first 11 games of the season, and that's going to make us a better team down the stretch."
Patterson had three hits in game two for the Wildcats. Presque Isle (6-6) currently sit seventh in the class B standings. The Wildcats will finish the season with games at Fort Kent and Caribou.